Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Special Exhibitions, Egyptian Galleries, 3rd Floor
Unlike images of the lion at rest, a striding sphinx represented protective aggression. The snakelike tail and extended legs of this sphinx identify him as the god Tutu. The falcon wings adorning his flanks place the sphinx in the solar sphere, while the two cobras on his sides support Tutu’s power against evil.
This figure most likely was attached to a sacred boat used in temple rituals. It was meant to protect the boat and the divine statue contained inside.
Dynasty 22 to Dynasty 24
Third Intermediate Period
5 1/2 x 1 5/8 x 5 in. (14 x 4.1 x 12.7 cm) (show scale)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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Striding Sphinx, 945-712 B.C.E. Bronze, 5 1/2 x 1 5/8 x 5 in. (14 x 4.1 x 12.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 61.20. Creative Commons-BY
3/4 front, 61.20_threequarter_front_PS1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2006
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The king as sphinx, in bronze, standing on standard, flanked by two uraeus serpents. Sphinx is of slender greyhound type with human head, pierced ears, bearded and wearing lappet wig. Tail curved in great loop over back; originally fitted with headdress, now lost. Remains of gilding on apron. Wings incised on body, a rare detail in the New Kingdom.
Condition: Good. Repairs on both hind legs. Uncertain if tail is original. Remains of gilding and perhaps of black-coating on bronze. Deep gash on right cheek.
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